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Hi I'm John

I'm a Firefighter/EMT, a husband, & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a fun-loving guy who loves his amazing wife Sherawn! I love spending every free moment of my time with her! She is my everything & I hope she knows just how much I love her!!! ;D   I became a Firefighter/EMT because I have always loved helping people & serving my community. Being up here in the White Mountains of Arizona & doing this work has taught me so much about myself & what I am capable of that I've decided to head back to school & persue my dream of a medical degree! It's a crazy decision but Sherawn & I both feel like it's what we are meant to do! We also have two awesome dogs, Caleb & Patsi! We love them so much they're so spoiled, they're like our kids!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, because I desired to know if this was really the church I had been raised to believe was the one completely true church on the earth. We Mormons use the word "true" a lot! If I were not yet a part of this church, I would probably get really annoyed hearing a lot of poeple constantly using this word & not explaining what they mean by it. What we mean is, there is a lot of truth in virtually every religion, every faith, every church in the world. But we as members of the LDS Church believe that many truths were lost to the earth after the death of Jesus Christ's Apostles over two thousand years ago. But we also believe that God has restored the complete truth to the earth again after He & Jesus Christ came to Joseph Smith, declaring him to be a new prophet for these latter-days. I came to this realization as a teenager. I grew up being taught these truths. But I continue to be a member of this church because I prayed to know for myself if what I had been taught all of my life was actually true. I've always felt I have a Father in Heaven that loves me & knew that if I asked Him sincerely, I would receive an answer. I did receive that answer & I have prayed many times since then & have received countless other answers to this crucial question (as well as many others). The Church is where I find strength & purpose in my life. It IS the true Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have a very high-stress job. People's lives are on the line all the time. I am confronted with death on a very regular bases. I am also witness to countless & seemingly unexplainable medical miracles. Being a Firefighter & also working on the ambulance as an EMT is incredible! I get to work with so many different people of different backgrounds & I love it! As I said, the Church is where I find my strength. The teachings of Jesus Christ help me to understand that we are all, every person on this earth, a son or daughter of God. Each of us is an Eternal Being. Life does not truly begin at birth & certainly does not end with death. If all we had was this life, so much would seem unfair & purposeless. Why are some born only to live a few short hours or days & then pass again out of this life? Why do so many good people have terrible things happen to them? It is my testimony that life is not just this fleeting mortal existence. It is Eternal. If we could only see things from God's point of view, we would understand how "all things work together for the good of them that love God" (Romans 8:28). It is this truth that helps me be able to cope & help the families of those we serve to accept the death of a loved one we could not save. The Church gives me direction when it is hard to remember the Savior's teachings. It's where I go to learn more of who Jesus Christ is & what He wants me to be like. It's where I find my compass in the troubled seas of this mortal life & where, when I am very blessed, I am able to be that compass for someone else who is also struggling to know the Lord's will for them in their own life.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

John
As members of the LDS Church, we believe that service is the best way to obey God's greatest commandments, Love the Lord thy God & love thy neighbor as thy self. It is through service that we grow the most. When we do things without an expectation of being rewarded with money or goods, our motivation is untainted by personal desires & we are able to freely focus our attention away from ourselves & point it outward, toward helping our brothers & sisters. That's not to say that we don't believe in tithing as it is taught in the Holy Bible. In fact, we are very active tithe-payers. That is why we are able to afford so many beautiful meeting houses & temples in countries throughout the world. It is difficult to describe how neat it feels to visit another part of the country or even the globe & see an LDS temple or church building & know that, in however small a way, that building is able to be their because of the tithes I & other Church members just like me have paid. The Lord has given us everything we have & we believe that tithing is a way for us to give back a portion of what He has given us in such great abundance. But even what we give back, again, comes back to us in so many other tremendously special ways. My wife & I live minutes away from a temple of the Lord because of the righteous offerings of good members who know the blessings of being full tithe-payers. Show more Show less